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Grandparenting with a purpose offers resources to help grandparents intentionally pray for their grandchildren to know and follow Jesus Christ.

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Do you see the Battle for the Hearts and Minds of your Grandchildren?

January 16, 2017
Grandparents are in a battle for the hearts and minds of our next generation living in our culture today. However, the battle isn’t ours, it is the Lords. The way to walk through this battle is to grip the hand of Jesus tightly and stay in close communication with him. It is only as we release our concerns for our grandchildren to Him that we are free to cling to His hand. We cannot cling to his hand unless our hands are empty. As grandparents let’s not let the enemy dull our desires to intentionally pray for our grandchildren and their parents. Prayer is our most strategic weapon. The enemy wants to disintegrate and divide our families, rendering them chaotic, restless and unfruitful. I believe it’s our place to get on our knees, humble ourselves, seek God’s face, repent of our sin, and intercede for our nations, our children and grandchildren. Then having done all, we stand firm in our faith that God has heard and will answer our prayers in his timing and according to His will. “Do not be afraid or discouraged . . . . For the battle is not yours but Gods.” II Chronicles 20:15 Lillian Penner, Co-Prayer Director, Christian Grandparenting Network, lpenner@christiangrandparenting.net        

My Reflections on the First National Grandparenting Summit

January 12, 2017
My husband and I attended the First National Grandparenting Summit in Frisco, Texas in November 15 to 17. I would like to briefly share with you about the conference. It was an awesome experience being reminded how grandparents play a unique and profoundly influential role in the live of their grandchildren – second to parent. Today’s grandparents don’t consider themselves “seniors” in the traditional sense. They are generally healthier and more vital than any other generation of grandparents in history. The 21st Century grandparents are just as likely to be rocking to their favorite tunes, instead of rocking in their favorite chairs. We listened to some of the nation’s most respected ministry leaders and grandparenting experts sharing why Biblical grandparenting matters. We found inspiration, ideas and amazing displays of resources to help us realize our potential to grandparent successfully. I will briefly share a few of my thoughts from some of the sessions. Josh Mulihvall shared with us that the Biblical role for grandparents is found in Deuteronomy 4:9 Living Bible (TLB) “But watch out! Be very careful never to forget what you have seen God doing for you. May his miracles have a deep and permanent effect upon your lives! Tell your children and your grandchildren about the glorious miracles he did.”  Larry Fowler shared about Intentional Christian Grandparenting The Incredible importance of grandparenting Grandparenting is passing the relay race through the generations. We read in, Joel 1:3 New Living Translation (NLT), Tell your children about it in the years to come and let your children tell their children. Pass the story down from generation to generation. The Incredible Potential grandparents There are 70 million plus grandparents in the US alone, a third of the population are grandparents. There are 30 million+ Christian grandparents. Intentional Praying Grandparents can change the world. The Incredible Receptive Audience Our grandchildren love us and will listen to us. Grandchildren will often listen to grandparents before their parents. There are 4 types of grandparents Cultural grandparents – Doting, gifting and support (babysitting) Biblical grandparents – Intentionally seeing the vision of sharing Christ Blocked grandparents – Discouraged, frustrated, estranged Unequipped grandparents – insecure, ignorant of Christian resources  Michelle Anthony Encouraged Grandparents “To make the most of every opportunity, redeeming the time, because the days are evil.” Ephesians 5:15. We need to ask ourselves “How many more years do I have left to spiritually influence my grandchildren.” She encouraged us to appreciate our grandchildren’s perspective, listen to their opinions. Look for the opportune and right times to respond to their opinions. Engage in Intergenerational Interactions, Invest in your grandchildren. There is a battle for the heart of our grandchildren and their parents. We must teach our children and grandchildren to obey God, and then they will be successful. Proverbs 16:3 “Commit your actions to the Lord, and your plans will succeed.” John Trent spoke about Blessing our Children and Grandchildren You may ask, “What does that look like?” John Trent says: To add value to their lives, the

Is your life a reflection of God’s love?

January 9, 2017
Lillian Penner, Prayer director, Christian Grandparenting Network, penner@christiangrandparenting.net.

Does your grandchild’s world shock you?

January 6, 2017
Recently, a friend of mine spent the weekend with her grandchildren. She told me, “It was shocking to see how fast my four grandchildren are growing up and the challenges they are facing.  I am experiencing a lot of heartache over the world they are growing up in and concern over their response to it.  Seeing my sweet grandkids living in such a godless culture is heart breaking.” I can identify with those thoughts and I am hearing those thoughts expressed by many grandparents. Using media, technology, education, social influences, and political pressures to desensitize and cloud the boundaries of truth that holds our families together is launching an aggressive attack. The enemy’s attacks against our families and our nation’s moral foundations are relentless and growing worse with time. Ask your grandchildren about their friends, their teachers, their activities, what is going on in their world and how they feel about it. Keep an open mind and open ears so you know how to pray for them. If you are alarmed, they may not feel open to share with you. Appreciate their perspective, listen to their opinions. However, Daniel, the one in the lion’s den for not obeying the king, stood strong for God in a very complicated ungodly culture. Today, we as grandparents can stand in the gap for our grandchildren, praying they will stand strong for God. Just as Esther stood in the gap for her people, the Israelites when their lives were threatened physically, we can stand in the gap for the spiritual lives of our grandchildren. Suggestions to pray: Pray your grandchildren will invite Jesus into their hearts. Pray your grandchildren will grow strong in their walk with the Lord. Pray your grandchildren will recognize the difference of truth and deception in their culture so they can flee from it. Pray your grandchildren will respect authority and pray for those in authority over them, like their parents, teachers, and others. Our hope for the future generation can only be in the Lord, not in this complex world.  What are you doing to stand in the gap for your grandchildren? Please share in the comments. If you would like to receive the grandparenting blogs, subscribe for the email updates on the right of this blog. If you subscribe to the grandparenting blogs you will receive a free downloadable document of “31 Scriptures to Pray for your Grandchildren.” By Lillian Penner, lpenner@christiangrandparenting.net, Prayer Coordinator, Christian Grandparenting Network                            

How You can Stand in the Gap with Prayer for your Grandchildren

January 2, 2017
Years ago, Esther stood in the gap for her people, the Jews when their lives were physically threatened. Today grandparents can stand in the gap with prayer for their grandchildren in the same way as their spiritual lives are threatened. I would like to invite you to become a part of a prayer group for grandparents to pray together for each other’s grandchildren and families. At this time there are 30 G@P groups meeting in the U.S, Philippines, South Africa, and interested groups in Australia. There is an urgency for the power of prayer to keep the hearts and minds of our grandchildren from falling captive to the enemy’s deception and lies. We are engaged in a spiritual battle that requires the spiritual weapon of prayer. As grandparents, we can make a significant difference in the world by praying regularly and intentionally for our grandchildren and their parents. We have an opportunity join together to powerfully touch the lives of another generation. Grandparent @ Prayer (G@P) intercessory prayer groups consist of small or large groups of people meeting once or twice a month for approximately one hour at a designated location for prayer and fellowship. Groups are meeting in retirement centers, schools, churches, and homes weekly. The beginning of 2017 would be a great time to get started, just ask a few grandparents to join you, try it for a few months, and see what you think. Many grandparents have told me that they appreciate a safe place to share their concerns for their grandchildren. Please go to https://www.christiangrandparenting.net/prayer/grandparents-prayer/participate-in-gap to sign up to receive the eBook “The Prayer Ministry of Christian Grandparenting Network “. You may also email me at lpenner@christiangrandparenting.net indicating that you would like to receive the eBook “The Prayer Ministry of Christian Grandparentring Network.”  By Lillian Penner, Prayer Coordinator, Christian Grandparenting Network.        

Happy New Year 2017

December 29, 2016
  As I look ahead into 2017, it looks like our national and global situation is in turmoil.  A good friend focused my attention on Isaiah 60:1-2 as a word from the Lord for the New Year:  “Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon you.  See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples, but the Lord rises upon you and his glory appears over you.”   I can feel the invading darkness of evil that is like a heavy moral and spiritual fog is infiltrating our nation at every level. At the very same time that our nation is enveloped in thick darkness, God commands us to arise, let our Light shine, and the distinctive glory of our Lord will be evident to all. It is wonderful to know that God is in control and we read in his word in Psalms 46:1 “God is our refuge and strength”. As grandparents, I believe it’s our place to get on our knees, humble ourselves, seek God’s face, repent of our sin, and intercede for our nation, our children and grandchildren. Then having done all, we stand firm in our faith that God has heard and will answer our prayers according to His will. Pray for the physical, emotional and spiritual protection for our dear grandchildren during these times of moral and spiritual decay. Pray their parents will have God’s wisdom to teach and guide them according to God’s Word. Pray, we as grandparents will shine brightly in the darkness in the troubled world we live in today. By Lillian Penner, lpenner@christiangrandparents.net